Tim WILLIAMS, Principal Investigator

UCL, associate professor in silk roads archaeology and CAAL Principal investigator Tim has a background in urban archaeology, approaches to complex stratigraphy, and archaeological site management. He worked for the Department of Urban Archaeology (Museum of London), between 1981-1991, and then was Head of Archaeology Commissions at English Heritage, before joining the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2002. He has undertaken long running projects in Beirut (Lebanon) & Merv (Turkmenistan). In addition to his role with CAAL, Tim is also Director of the International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage and… Read More

Mahmoud ABDELRAZEK

UCL, research assistant Mahmoud’s background in spatiotemporal analytics and big data mining as well as geology and remote sensing make him uniquely placed to work with CAAL on web development by implementing new features in Arches and analysing the collected data – using machine learning methods to examine the archaeological data and reveal undiscovered patterns and stories. He is fired up by driving meaning and use out of data: I believe that the core of the scientific inquiry lies in obtaining good data and then analysing it correctly. The same concept also… Read More

Saltanat AMIROVA

ucl, research assistant Escaping a background in finance, Saltanat was bitten by the archaeological bug while volunteering on an archaeological excavation in Mongolia. Her abiding fondness for jigsaw puzzles led her to metallurgy which ‘is like a having a conversation with ancient metallurgists and asking them how and why they used this or that ore or how they smelted copper or alloyed bronze’. The Altai mountains are where she likes best to spend her time…investigating everything from Andronovo to Scythian cultures. When she is not running EDS X-ray microanalysis she is singing… Read More